Visiting the CDC: A Senior Perspective
With graduation ahead, a senior student gets excited about the future.
Morgan Mrohs is a senior student and a member of the CDC Student Marketing Board. This is part two of a two part series focused on varying perspectives of utilizing the CDC, as a first-year and as a senior.
I’m currently a senior at Oxy. What does that mean? It means I’m full of anxiety. I’m suddenly faced with the pressures of comps, finding a job, deciding on a career path, and saying goodbye to the safety of my comfortable college life. It’s a lot to process, to say the least. One day I put down my gallon of ice cream and trusty teddy bear, and collected myself. I made the decision to visit the Career Development Center for the first time. See, I was hesitant to do so because I thought going to the CDC would make graduation feel all too real. I believed the CDC would be full of advisors scolding me for not having a meticulously thought-out 10 year plan. But I would start small: A one-on-one resume workshop to kick-start me into preparing for next year’s job market.
Embarrassingly enough, I did not know where the CDC was. I’m a senior. I’m supposed to know everything about this campus. Little did I know that I had passed by the CDC countless times on my way to the Registrar’s Office (they’re neighbors!). I walked in for my appointment and was greeted by friendly-looking walls, a giant bowl of candy, and helpful staff. My one-on-one was helpful, honest, critical, and absent of any intimidation or stress. In fact, the session somehow evolved into a friendly conversation, reassuring me that graduation is not the end of the world, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. I received very specific points and tips on how to improve my resume and tailor it to the job market I intend to impress. I felt comfortable enough to ask questions and received clear, encouraging answers in response. Um, why hadn’t I come here before?!
I walked away from my appointment feeling more excited for the future than I had in a long time. That hesitation that came from thinking going to the CDC would make graduation feel too real was completely misguided. Instead, my visit to the CDC made me feel like I’m capable of applying for jobs and handling graduation perfectly well. I now know that I have a resource able to help me every step of the way. Goodbye pressure and intimidation; Hello, confidence.
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